An announcement from TIBCO Software Inc. describes the availability of XML Canon/Developer (XCD) which "enables organizations to build an XML infrastructure that accesses, stores, and integrates the vocabulary from schemas or DTDs in any XML-based application. XCD supports a 'logical schema analysis' approach for creating XML vocabularies and grammars which can then be re-purposed with new semantic meaning." XCD features include support for design-time repository for XML assets (document-level and component-level object control from a centralized repository) and distributed Web-based access to an organization's XML assets repository. The Web-based interface also leverages the Internet for collaboration with suppliers, customers, trading partners and industry groups. XCD "enables the analysis of schemas and DTDs at the component-level by creating a data dictionary or vocabulary of an Enterprise's XML assets; this Enterprise vocabulary can then be browsed, searched, and re-constructed to create an infinite set of new semantically different schemas."
From the announcement:
TIBCO Software Inc., a leading provider of real-time infrastructure software for e-business, today announced the commercial release of XML Canon/Developer, a member of the TIBCO Extensibility product family. XML Canon/Developer (XCD) enables organizations to build an XML infrastructure that accesses, stores, and integrates the vocabulary from schemas or DTDs in any XML-based application, such as CommerceOne, WebMethods, or Microsoft solutions. XML and XCD will become a key component of an organization's strategy that can be leveraged for e-business and reducing costs.
Design-Time Repository for XML Assets: XCD enables organizations to reduce development costs by taking control of its XML assets at the document-level and component-level (e.g., elements, attributes, types, model groups) from a centralized repository. The documents and components can be categorized, staged, browsed, and the inter-relationships searched to create a comprehensive view of an Enterprise's XML assets.
XML Vocabularies, Grammars, and Component-level Reuse: XCD unleashes the extensible power of XML by enabling the analysis of schemas and DTDs at the component-level creating a data dictionary or vocabulary of an Enterprise's XML assets. This Enterprise vocabulary can then be browsed, searched, and re-constructed to create an infinite set of new semantically different schemas.
Distributed Collaboration: XCD facilitates collaboration across departments, divisions, trading partners and industry groups through the Web-based access of an organization's XML assets. Access, set by permission, creates a virtual workplace and allows people around the world to collaborate on the development of schemas/DTDs. Companies publishing and exchanging these XML assets establish their leadership and leads to e-business standards.